Strawberry Jam – Let the berry season begin!
I love this time of year when green things and flowers are popping up and flourishing in the garden. And I also love when strawberry season begins.
In Season Love
We can get strawberries from somewhere in the world a lot of times of the year. But now is DEFINITELY the best. The most recent ones I got actually have a sweet fragrance like fresh ripe strawberries should.
That makes me excited!
I bought enough so that we could eat some fresh and also have some to make this Strawberry Jam.
Making the strawberries into a jam, keeps them longer to enjoy as a topping or spread. It’s your own homemade jam. And it’s such an easy thing to make.
It only takes 4 ingredients, 5 if you add the optional vanilla, and 25 minutes of your time. Then you have your own refined sugar free fruit compote – now how good is that?
Well, I must say, I have plans for my jam – like on and in EVERYTHING 😉
A Homemade Reward
It’s so rewarding to make something by yourself that you would otherwise buy in a store isn’t it? It’s such a good feeling when you can take a fresh fruit like a strawberry and turn it into a product that you made.
And to me that’s always way better than just buying a jar of jam at the store. ALWAYS!
- 2 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, about 1 lb.
- 3 Tbsp agave nectar
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- a couple pinches cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
Add the strawberries to a heavy bottom saucepan and add the agave nectar and stir together - let sit for a minute so the strawberries will release a little juice
Place the saucepan on the stove on medium heat and bring to a boil.
As the strawberries are coming to a boil, mash them roughly with a potato masher or a spoon so that some of the berries are crushed, stir regularly
When the mixture comes to a boil, add the fresh lemon juice, a couple pinches of cinnamon and the optional vanilla and stir
Turn down the heat and cook about 15 minutes or so until the compote thickens. **It will continue to thicken as it cools**
When it has cooled, spoon into a small glass jar and use right away or refrigerate
This jam makes a delicious topping for toast, pancakes, yogurt, cake, etc.
I hope you get a chance to make some of this jam because I think you’ll really like it. 🙂
Take care friends and have a good one